A Greater Johnstown school board member has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was pulled over for speeding in the city’s Coopersdale section, authorities said.

Ed Mikesic, 66, of Mack Avenue was charged Sept. 15 with misdemeanor counts of DUI and a summary count of speeding.

Mikesic also was charged with a summary count of disorderly conduct for allegedly using obscenities while at Memorial Medical Center, where he was undergoing a blood-alcohol test.

He has not yet been arraigned. Mikesic is scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown on Oct. 28.

In a court document, city police said they stopped a blue Mitsubishi SUV traveling 47 mph in a 25-mph zone on Cooper Avenue at 7:17 p.m.

Mikesic failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody, police said.

At one point, Mikesic pleaded with the officer not to arrest him, saying his wife would divorce him, police said. Mikesic also allegedly used abusive language.

He was taken to Memorial, where his blood-alcohol content was tested at 0.12 percent. That’s above the state legal limit of .08 percent for drivers.

Mikesic was first elected to the Johnstown school board in November 2001. That election was part of a political house-cleaning, as five Democratic newcomers were voted in, including Richard Unger, who now is school board president.

Mikesic was re-elected in 2005, and his current term expires next year.

Neither Mikesic nor Unger returned telephone calls from The Tribune-Democrat.

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